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Conference Talk
We were delighted that nearly 200 delegates took the time to say hello to us at last week’s Health & Wellbeing at Work conference at the NEC. Many passed compliments about MINDFUL EMPLOYER and several said they were already in the process of considering signing the Charter. We've already booked for next year's event - and we'll be at the CIPD Annual Conference in November too.

New Charter signatories
Over 170 employers have signed the Charter for Employers who are Positive About Mental Health in the current financial year and the latest ones continue to reflect the wide range of businesses and organisations who make this voluntary commitment:

Andover Mind
Brentwood Borough Council
Cannock Chase Clinical Commissioning Group
Clarion Housing Group London
Community Waves Bromley
Grantside Ltd York
Harrogate Borough Council
Harrogate Solicitors
Health Assured Ltd Manchester
Hugh Baird College Merseyside
Independent Arts Newport, Isle of Wight
Manchester and Cheshire Construction Company Ltd
Marsha Miles Consutancy Taunton
Mary Frances Trust Leatherhead
NHS Improvement London
Norbury School Harrow
Pastille Nails Ltd Leeds
Porterhouse Medical Ltd Reading
S3e Ltd Sheffield
SAYiT Sheffield
SETAS Ltd Horsham
Shepherd's Bush Families Project London
Shire Leasing PLC Tamworth
Southend YMCA Community School
SpareRoom Macclesfield
St Anne's CEVA Primary School Weston-Super-Mare
Step One Exeter
The Camphill Village Trust
Wigan Council Wigan
Woolgrove School, Special Needs Academy Letchworth Garden City

For the first time since they were introduced in 2009, Charter Administration Fees will be changing at the beginning of April. These will see lower rates for micro-businesses/organisations and for registered charities, and small increases for small, medium and large organisations. Details of these changes, information about the Charter and lists of all current signatories are available at

This new facility will be available next month and is exclusively for organisations who are Charter signatories. MINDFUL EMPLOYER Plus will provide confidential telephone support for staff and an adviceline for managers for just £1 per employee per year + VAT. There’s more information on our Charter page and current signatories will receive full details shortly.

Mental health awareness
Providing training for line managers and staff continues to be very important and many of the delegates who visited us at last week’s conference were interested in the workshops we provide. These can be delivered on site and we also provide occasional ‘open’ workshops here in Exeter including some in April. Visit for more details.

There have been over 1,400 YouTube views of Let’s Talk and 4,200 of Working with Anxiety and we’ve been delighted with the responses to our films. You are welcome to link these videos from your organisation’s intranet or web sites and we are happy to supply you with the mp4 or wmv file free of charge.

Social media
Do follow us on Twitter @mindfulemployuk and there’s a MINDFUL EMPLOYER Group on LinkedIn.

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Talking about mental health at work is difficult for everyone concerned. Beginning as a black and white, silent movie, Let’s Talk portrays the difficulties that arise through poor communication. As the film progresses, it gains both colour and a voice as we see how talking to each other enables support and understanding.
Produced by the same team who made Working with Anxiety we are delighted that renowned musician and TV presenter, Neil Brand composed the music especially.

Watch now at

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Coming soon....

MINDFUL EMPLOYER Plus will be a brand new service providing confidential telephone support for staff and managers in organisations who are signatories to the Charter for Employers who are Positive About Mental Health. Look out for more details in the New Year.

Let’s Talk is a new animated film to be released in early 2017 which considers the topic of having conversations about mental health in the workplace. This is in a similar style to Working with Anxiety, which has now had over 3,000 views on YouTube.

New resources with a focus on prevention. Often, supporting people is a reaction to events or situations so during the next 12 months we will be developing some new publications.

A new, improved Good Practice section on our website will help share examples of what employers are doing more easily. This new design has been kindly sponsored by Jameson Smith & Co and will be available soon.

The 11th Health and Wellbeing at Work Conference on 7-8 March at the NEC in Birmingham. The programme is available now and do come and visit us on Stand 169.

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The number of people who work for employers who have signed the MINDFUL EMPLOYER Charter for Employers who are Positive About Mental Health has passed the 1.5 million mark for the first time!

Is your employer a Charter signatory? If you would like to make this voluntary and aspirational commitment then why not take a look at 

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Fresh Thinking Labs and Mindful Employer are delighted to launch the Good Work and Mental Well-Being Lab in association with E.ON and Transport for London.

The Lab is based on a small, closed network of companies and public sector employers committed to exploring and developing future-focused workplaces that generate positive mental health and well-being for all through healthy and engaging work. The Lab provides:

1. Quarterly meetings hosted by member companies each providing an opportunity to share achievements and current challenges
2. Build active relationships with your peers in other member organisations.
3. Be part of an online community with access to a wider international network.
4. Expert guidance relating to evidence-based practice.

For more information and to register your interest please visit

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World Mental Health Day

Today is World Mental Health Day. This year’s focus is on psychological first aid: basic pragmatic psychological support by people who find themselves in a helping role. Sometimes referred to in the UK as Mental Health First Aid there are a range of initiatives and materials available for WMHD at the Mental Health Foundation website. Through MINDFUL EMPLOYER we offer a range of mental health awareness workshops which can be delivered at your organisation’s premises – for more information visit

Working with Anxiety

With nearly 2,500 views on You Tube and being used by a number of organisations in different ways we are delighted at the response to our first animated film. We are now producing a new film called Let’s Talk which is about having conversations in the workplace: this will be ready in the next few weeks so look out for details.

Charter for Employers who are Positive About Mental Health

Employing over 1.4 million people, the current signatories to the Charter continue to represent the full spectrum of large, medium and small employers from across the private, public and voluntary sectors. The newest signatories are as follows:

Daido Industrial Bearings Europe Ltd
Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Swindon
Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust
HM Courts & Tribunals Service
Julian House Bath
Lloyd & Whyte Taunton
Moor House School & College Oxted
Open Briefing Penzance
Power to Change London
V Learning Net Launceston

Is your employer a Charter signatory? For more information on this voluntary and aspirational commitment visit

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Working With Anxiety

Our new film, Working with Anxiety was launched just 4 weeks ago and has already had over 1,000 hits on YouTube at . Thank you.

You are welcome to put links to it from your staff intranet site and the film is also available at We can provide .mp4 and .wmv versions for your use also so please get in touch.

New Charter signatories

Comptsai Training Solutions in Bletchley have become the 1,500th employer to sign the Charter for Employers who are Positive About Mental Health since the initiative began in 2004. Any employer, any size, any sector and anywhere can sign this voluntary and aspirational commitment to the mental wellbeing of their staff. Other recent signatories are:

Attigo CIC Leeds
Canal & River Trust Leeds
Carers Leeds Leeds
Carmel Education Trust Darlington
Citizens Advice Plymouth
Harper Adams University
Herefordshire Mind
High Oaks Farm Ltd Diss
Kirklees Rape and Sexual Abuse Counselling Centre
Mednet Leeds
Peter Bedford Housing Association London
Revive Leeds
Solomons Europe Ltd St. Helens
Starfish Health and Wellbeing Stafford
The Pathology Partnership Cambridge
Trackyou Ltd Wrexham
University of Chichester
Waltham Forest Churches Night Shelter Ltd

Sharing Good Practice

Here’s a couple of examples of how voluntary sector Charter signatories support their staff:

At mental health charity, Coventry AIMHS 100% of the staff have been directly affected by mental ill health at some point within their lives. They use positively worded job adverts e.g. 'having direct experience of mental ill health would be a positive advantage'. All staff have regular documented supervision and one to one support, annual appraisals and peer support and specific questions relating to stress and mental well-being are discussed regularly. Trident Reach the People Charity in Birmingham also have a similar approach to supervision, a counselling service available to all staff, a Health & Wellbeing Officer and a staff member trained in THRIVE working in every service. Their Employee Council exists to support and voice the staffs opinions in all employee matters that arise. Huddersfield based S2R have an ethos that makes it easy to discuss past and current wellbeing and try to ensure that a good work / life balance is maintained for all. As Janet Pollard writes, ‘We recognise that wellbeing is a variable - life affects us all in different ways at different times - if someone feels they are going through a time of stress, we try to help them find a way of coping that works for them. We are a small team and this means that no one gets lost. Our policies for recruitment underpin our ethos.’

Raising Awareness

The importance of providing mental health awareness sessions for managers and staff is increasingly recognised. We provide a range of workshops which can be delivered to your colleagues at your premises. Take a look at or contact us for more details.


Over 10,000 copies of the MINDFUL EMPLOYER Line Manager’s Resource and 26,500 copies of the companion booklet for staff, Keeping Well at Work are now in circulation. Many employers have bought sufficient copies for all their employees. If you work for a Charter signatory you can get a discount so why not order a supply?

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Our brand new film, Working with Anxiety explores how anxiety affects the ability to work and carry out other day to day activities, and highlights key ways to aid recovery. The film considers how it feels to experience generalised anxiety, panic attacks, OCD and PTSD and some practical methods through which to aid and achieve recovery.

Watch now at

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Corporate business executives from across Europe gathered in Paris last week for the 4th Disability Matters Europe conference and learnt more about the importance of supporting mental wellbeing.
Sharing the stage with Akiko Hart, Director of Mental Health Europe, Richard Frost, who leads MINDFUL EMPLOYER explored the importance of supporting and educating line managers, enabling disclosure and conversation, senior management commitment and the overall business benefits of recruiting and retaining staff who experience mental ill health. Liaison with healthcare professionals and accessing local support were also emphasised.
It was a real privilege to be invited to be a this event and it was the first time this annual conference had put mental health on the agenda and it's recognised that the UK is a leader in this area of work. There was certainly a lot of interest and it would be good to see MINDFUL EMPLOYER develop in to Europe as a result. Representing companies such as AXA, BNP Paribas, Cisco, EMC, Lloyds Banking Group, Shell and JP Morgan, delegates came from France, Belgium, Denmark, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and elsewhere. Speaking on the morning after the referendum added an extra dimension to the conversations too!

New Charter Signatories to the Charter for Employers who are Positive About Mental Health are:

Babcock - Devonport Plymouth
Birkbeck, University of London
Bury Council
Colchester University Hospital Foundation Trust
Cornwall Housing Ltd
Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust
Health for All (Leeds) Ltd
Leeds Irish Health & Homes
Meda Pharmaceuticals Essex
Mind in Taunton & West Somerset
Money and Mental Health Policy Institute Manchester
Public Health England
Skills for Care Leeds
Start 360 Belfast
The Trust for Developing Communities (TDC) Hove
Wheatsheaf Trust Southampton
Young Scot, Edinburgh

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We are delighted that MINDFUL EMPLOYER has been invited to speak at at the Fourth Annual Disability Matters Europe Conference & Awards in Paris on 23-24 June. Senior business delegates will be attending this important corporate event and will feature leading disability experts from corporations, academia, non-governmental organizations and governments from across Europe. Organised by New Jersey-based, Springboard Consulting, it’s the first time that mental health has been allocated a specific session on the Conference main agenda and Richard Frost, who leads MINDFUL EMPLOYER will be speaking alongside Akiko Hart, Director of Mental Health Europe.
‘Being invited to this event is a real tribute to the importance of MINDFUL EMPLOYER and the growing international recognition of both the initiative itself and the importance of the role of employers and workplaces in recovery,’ said Richard.
MINDFUL EMPLOYER has been run by DPT, through Workways, since 2004 and has been launched in Australia, Canada and New Zealand. The initiative provides businesses and organisations with easier access to information, local support, mental health awareness training and other resources to help them support staff experiencing mental ill health.
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